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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Public Policy LTD.

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

"At your income level, insurance will either be free....."

Nothing is free. Someone else will be paying for it.

I guess that's the point, right?

When takers outnumber makers, the country is finished.

It's as simple as that.

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Posted by I P Yuengling on November 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

How odd.

When it comes to spying on Americans, the Federal government is perfectly capable of hiring private contractors to design robust computer systems capable of efficiently intercepting millions of phone calls and emails on a daily basis.

But with a three year head start, and what should be a limitless budget (Obama will spend whatever necessary to launch his baby), they are unable to build a working government version of "Priceline.com" for healthcare?

At least we can all rest easy with Sebelius' latest revelation - that convicted felons are not precluded from working as certified "navigators", and that one of their job functions will include gathering personal identity data from prospective enrolees.

Fear not. Your identity data is secure when stored in a government database. Just ask all those e-filers in South Carolina who are now recipients of free credit monitoring, because the state did such a good job of securing their credit card and social security numbers.

Big Government is the answer to everything.

Detached bureaucrats will always produce superior results over private sector "skin in the game" types, right?

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Posted by I P Yuengling on November 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

Alicia, check out healthcare.gov At your income level, insurance will either be free or you will remain without insurance with no penalty because South Carolina did not expand medicaid. So you are either better off with ACA or thanks to SC, in the same boat you are in now.

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Posted by charlestowne2 on November 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

You are right on target with this article. I make $10/hour and the law says that a policy that costs 9.5% of my salary is "affordable". I'd like to see the people involved in making the law work for insurance companies and not the people pay housing, food, and transportation on $9.35 an hour. And I am penalized if I do not accept health insurance that brings my salary so low I cannot afford living expenses. I lobbied for health care reform, but this is not what I lobbied for. It's what the insurance companies and corporate executives lobbied for

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Posted by G.A. on November 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

In testimony on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, in response to a direct question: “Congresswoman, we have spent about $118 million on the website itself, and about $56 million has been expended on other IT to support the web.”

That adds up to $174 million.

Maybe you could show a little bit of consternation at such a waste of our money.

No matter someone's political leanings, government waste of our tax dollars should concern everyone.

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Posted by artrogue on November 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

It really is what most conservatives feel is best for the country and not scorin points or wins.

For liberals it is all about the agenda and stayin in power...they really don't care about the common man like they pretend too and this column shows it.

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Posted by artrogue on November 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

Have we forgotten what North Charleston did to the residents that lived on the property where the Coliseum and PAC are now located? This is not news how they treat poor people. Saying that...I live in Wando Woods and am glad to see the area cleaned up. My main concern is the additional traffic in and out of WW. I am not looking forward to the additional traffic going into and out of our neighborhood.

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Posted by lablady on November 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

Cuba? And again with people walking in and taking "stuff." Not the point. In Cuba, the government owns the property. And they decide who may dwell there - exclusively. And they do so through an often corrupt state-run exchange called Permuta whereby two people with "rights" to fairly equal properties may get state approval to swap. Oh, and they are now doing away with this and allowing private property ownership because their system does not work in terms of the economy, value of property, or fair access for those not currently in the dwelling of their choosing.

A dwelling occupies the "dirt" and in order to have a residence, someone must have exclusive rights to that dirt. For that to happen, someone (private or government entity) must OWN the dirt. I don't want permanent "campers" in my backyard just because my dwelling doesn't cover all my "dirt" and I have no exclusive rights to that dirt.

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Posted by driver eight on November 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

Anyone who trusts the president and has belief in his policies is getting exactly what they deserve. A shame that so many other people are getting screwed in the mean time.

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Posted by nofaith on November 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

I support the ACA. However, I took the President at his word and expected to keep my policy and doctors. I thoughy the ACA would bring more choice. My only choice after cancellation is to accept a policy I cannot afford (rural resident with no subsidy, bronze premium 15%+ of gross income) that doesn't let me see my doctors and has much higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

Democrats need to support grandfathering all plans in existence in 2013, as proposed by Senator Landrieu (D), and take the issue off the table before facing two years of "you lied" heading toward the ballot box.

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Posted by Steve Sandor on November 6, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Re: “The GOP scores big with Obamacare

Here's what worries me most about Obamacare once it's in full swing:

"People respond to incentives, although not necessarily in ways that are predictable or manifest. Therefore, one of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences." -From the book "SuperFreakonomics"

With that in mind, see:

"Obamacare: Making a bad situation worse"
http://relevantmatters.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/obamacare-will-make-a-bad-situation-worse/

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Posted by Jerry Boggs on November 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

"That's because someone owns the property, and they have made it available to you. What a stupid point you make here. You own your "stuff" so no one may barge in and mess with your stuff because, you know, it's ok to "own" that. But they can certainly barge onto the property you live on if no one owns it. You'll find that all property is "owned" by one entity or another. Else we are left to fight over the use of it."

Even in societies that don't recognize private ownership of land this doesn't happen. At all. Do you think people just walk in Cubans' houses and start taking stuff? No. Their possessions and their dwelling place are their own. The only difference is that people don't have to right to sell a piece of dirt.

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Posted by Sark on November 5, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

You see what's getting missed here is the very real conception of gentrification and its negative effects on communities that are marginalized, disenfranchised, and have little to no voice. While those who may live on rented property have less legal status to maintaining their residency they still posses certain rights and deserve a voice in the reallocation of property. Universities ought not to be complicit in the gentrification process. In fact, one of the events that sparked the Columbia student riots of 1968 was the shady dealings of the university in buying up land in Harlem for university purposes. While it might have been legal it was unethical and students stood up to administrators and those who have profited from it.

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Posted by 010101 on November 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

"I don't currently own my residence, but that doesn't mean anyone can barge in whenever they want to."

That's because someone owns the property, and they have made it available to you. What a stupid point you make here. You own your "stuff" so no one may barge in and mess with your stuff because, you know, it's ok to "own" that. But they can certainly barge onto the property you live on if no one owns it. You'll find that all property is "owned" by one entity or another. Else we are left to fight over the use of it.

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Posted by driver eight on November 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

We could eliminate property rights and go back to clubbing each other when we want to stay where we happen to be squatting at the time.

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Posted by arty on November 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

This is horrible! Property owners DO NOT have rights in SC. I know of a man constructing his house in Mount Pleasant and he HAS TO abide by a trunkload of zoning orders/restrictions because he's not from this area....Additionally, SC made him wait almost a year before they granted him permits just to STICK HIM!!! EVERYONE lives "...do not go on..." either. Count your blessings because WE are ALL not in the same BOAT.... Can you say abject poverty, homelessness, etc.?? In the REAL WORLD everyone DOES NOT have Masters and Bachelors degrees or a core of skilled labor.

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Posted by Gregory M. Riley on October 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

Not surprisingly, IP you once again demonstrate a middle school level of political understanding.

I don't currently own my residence, but that doesn't mean anyone can barge in whenever they want to, where did you get that idea?

Do you even understand the difference between property and possessions? All your shit-your jet ski, porn collection, high school sports trophies are possessions. "Property" only comes into play when talking about land/businesses. When the founding fathers restricted the franchise to white male PROPERTY owners they meant people who owned land/businesses-not all your stuff. So when people say they think a finite natural resource like land shouldn't be the property of any individual they're not saying anyone can come over and help themselves to your stuff. Did that distinction penetrate your thick skull?

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Posted by Sark on October 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

It's not eminent domain. The trailer park residents aren't the owners, but I have to agree that their lives will go on and I'm sure they'll find another place to park their castles on wheels. Two months free rent may even cover the moving costs, although I doubt it. The property owner has every right in this case.

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Posted by m@cron on October 31, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “North Charleston evicts trailer park residents

Hey everybody!

Get yourself on over to Sark's house and take anything you want.

He doesn't believe in property rights.

In his demented world, "ownership" of property is not cool. I'm sure he leads by example and rejects ownership of any and all property, so, if you help yourself to some of his stuff, he won't mind, because it's not really his anyway. (Please, someone take his computer and internet gateway right away!)

Sark is a genius!

By eliminating the concept of "ownership", he has eliminated the crime of theft.

How can anyone be charged with theft when there is no ownership. Need a tank full of gas? Just fill up and drive off, no one actually owns that gas. Hungry? Just fill up a shopping cart with steak and beer and push it on over to your house and throw a party, because no one really owns that food! Need shelter? Just kick down the door of a house you like and move in! Those folks living there have no more right to that home than you do!

What a great idea for organizing a society! I'm surprised the founding fathers hadn't considered it when drafting the Constitution. What could possibly go wrong?

Thanks for the belly laughs, Sarky!

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Posted by I P Yuengling on October 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Far too many are having the wrong reaction to Rolling Stone's Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover

Geez, everyone has it wrong, but you've got it figured out! How is it that you're writing for a free weekly & not onto running some big company, solving all their problems! Small minded nit-wit!

Posted by fantonuc on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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